The holiday season invites a wide range of cookies, candies, and other sugary treats kids will snack on, but eating an excess of sugar can take its toll on their teeth. According to studies done by the American Dental Association (ADA), the naturally occurring and forming bacteria that forms in our mouths feed off sugar, which produces acid. The acid that is produced can diminish enamel, which typically leads to cavities and tooth decay. In this blog, our Ventura dentist shares tips on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy during the holiday season.
Brush After Snacking on Sugary Treats
The ADA’s recommendation on brushing teeth states that we should be brushing our teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes. During the holidays, however, it’s a good amp up your routine and brush your teeth three times a day. Have your child brush his or her teeth right after they finish eating something sweet – if you don’t have a toothbrush on hand, rinsing is the next best alternative.
Put Limits on Sugar Time
Of all the sugar treats that can wreak havoc on a child’s teeth, hard candy is by far the worst offender. Avoid such treats and limit the amount of soda and juice your child is drinking. The ADA recommends, that as part of your child’s dessert, you incorporate cheese, which is known to be an acid neutralizer.
Make Dental Hygiene Fun
It’s important that you focus on proper dental hygiene throughout the year, but the holidays is a perfect time to make it a fun game. Purchasing holiday-themed toothbrushes or floss in their favorite color can add an excitement factor that can change your child’s attitude towards oral hygiene.
The holiday season is a great time to schedule your child’s teeth cleaning and checkup appointment. Our Ventura County dentist offers a wide range of family dentistry services. Call Dr. Mark Weitzman, D.D.S. at (805) 295-8896 to schedule a free consultation.